Things have been very busy around one town in New Jersey lately. Fitness awareness has seemed to spread all over town – but this time the concern is not on the people but on their overweight pets.
One group of concerned citizens saw the growing number of overweight pets in their town and so they turned the Morris Animal Inn into an animal fitness club to help them. It’s now like a wellness spa but for dogs and other four-legged friends that might need some help getting back in shape.
As it turned out, not only people in America are becoming overweight – but their pets as well. According to statistics, about 53% of dogs or 36.7 million of them are obese, while 58% of cats or 43.2 million are also obese.
They may look all cute and cuddly behind those fats but animal experts explained that it can cause danger to the pets. Orthopedic problems, heart problems and respiratory problems are just some of the complications that an overweight pet can suffer from, according to Dr. Kristen Frank of the ASPCA Animal Hospital.
Just like in the case of Lola, she’s a mini dachshund whose ideal weight is 10 pounds. According to Roxana Sheikh, her owner, Lola’s love for comfort foods has reached her 28 pounds! She Roxana never realized that seeing Lola enjoying her comfort foods will take a toll on her pet’s health. Alarmed by Lola’s state, Roxana now takes Lola to the inn regularly where she spends her day doing enjoyable exercise routines like a treadmill, aerobic swimming, running and some water massage with her fellow overweight canine friends.
Although the program is mostly about keeping the pets active, while having fun, they are also particular about changing their diets, too, staying away from fatty snacks.
Now, Lola’s at 21 pounds and is expected to lose more in the coming days.